Celebrating Teaching

CTSI provides support for faculty members and divisions preparing nomination packages for institutional, provincial and national teaching awards, including consultations and guidance around the compilation of nomination files. CTSI maintains an online database of U of T teaching award recipients at the institutional and external levels, and administers the Teaching Excellence Awards for Teaching Assistants and graduate student Course Instructors.


2018-19 saw the launch of the pilot cohort of the two-year University of Toronto Teaching Fellowship Program. The three fellows in this cohort work closely with CTSI and the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education. They have regular access to mentoring and support by CTSI staff and contribute to CTSI activities. Their two-year teaching and learning projects focus on planning and design, and implementation and assessment of program (curriculum-level) review or renewal, or course renewal or development. As well, the Teaching Fellowship Program supports emerging pedagogical leadership in the Teaching Stream.

This year, in addition to their projects, Teaching Fellows designed and facilitated CTSI programming, presented at the Teaching & Learning Symposium, participated in the SoTL Cohort program, and sat on the CTSI Academic Advisory Committee.

2019-2021 Teaching Fellow
William Ju, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Program in Human Biology, Faculty of Arts & Science

2018-2020 Teaching Fellows
Toula Kourgiantakis, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

Kathleen Liddle, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Sociology, UTSC

Sarah Mayes-Tang, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Arts & Science

CTSI provides administrative support for the institution-wide President’s Teaching Award, and the CTSI Director participates in the selection committee and co-chairs the U of T Teaching Academy. We congratulate this year’s winners and welcome them to the Teaching Academy.

Michelle Craig, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Arts & Science

Paul Piunno, Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, University of Toronto Mississauga

Since 2003, the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program has awarded the Teaching Excellence Award to TAs across the university.

Maryam Abdinejad, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Arts & Science

Kristin Ancevicius, Department of Cell and Systems Biology, Faculty of Arts & Science

Kristen Bos, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts & Science

Ali Greey, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education

Kyle Kinaschuk, Department of English, Faculty of Arts & Science

In 2015, the TATP launched this award for graduate student Course Instructors.

Samer Henry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering

For a complete list of U of T teaching award recipients, please visit the CTSI’s Teaching Awards.

“I am interested in social justice issues in STEM teaching and incorporating wellness and equity within the classroom so I’m grateful to work with the CTSI team and the other University of Toronto Teaching Fellows to learn more about how to incorporate these into courses.”
2019-2021 University of Toronto Teaching Fellow Bill Ju, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Human Biology